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topic x capacity building emis nesis strategy
Topic x: Capacity building EMIS NESIS strategy











Capacity Building for


and Assessment

UIS Regional Advisor for Asia and Pacific

UNESCO, Bangkok

efa national action plans should contain
EFA National Action Plans should contain
  • Realistic monitoring strategy closely related to national EFA priorities
  • EFA monitoring and assessment work plan
  • Capacity building for EFA monitoring and assessment
pre nesis capacitybuilding
Pre-NESIS CapacityBuilding
  • Dieu Ex Machina - the external help
  • ‘TTC syndrome’: technological solution
  • Increased dependency: need for rare skills & hard currency for imports
  • Fragmented training workshops/seminars
  • Quality of output changed little
  • Individuals changed, but no systemic change
  • “30 years of failure”, Edward Heneveld, The World Bank
production capacity factors
Production capacity factors
  • material, facilities and logistical support
  • financial investment in development
  • financial support for operations
  • manpower and skills
  • working procedure and task management
  • administrative organization
se asian efa coordinators support needs
SE Asian EFA Coordinators’ support needs
  • Financial and technical assistance
  • Capacity-building in planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Indicators development
  • Cost projections
  • Data collection & processing modules
  • Data Analysis of educational goals & targets
se asian efa coordinators on missing e fa monitoring indicators
SE Asian EFA Coordinators: on missing EFA Monitoring Indicators
  • Education finance and expenditure
  • Literacy
  • Life-skills
  • Data on ECCE
  • Urban/rural and socio-economic data
  • Geographical data for School Mapping (GIS)
capacity to do what for policy formulation and management
Capacity to do what? … for policy formulation and management

Policy formulation







TL Impact



components of institutional capacity
Components of Institutional capacity

Leadership Goal setting & evaluation

Systemic capacity


operations & monitoring

Management Strategy & planning

diagnosis of needs feasibility
Data producers

Records management

Reporting system

Data collection

Data processing

Information suppliers

Internal order & delivery systems

External order & delivery systems

Data analysis

Products and services


Access facilities

Analytical Tools

Relate to policy issues

Reporting & Communication


Interpretation related to issues

Application to policies and decisions

Directives to take action

Diagnosis of Needs & Feasibility
building capacity in strategic functions
Building capacity in strategic functions




Policy advisory council


Task force

Training institutes


Diagnosis &

action plan






a strategic alliance for country led capacity building
A Strategic Alliance forCountry-led Capacity Building


Sustainable institutional capacity to provide statistical services and information systems for national policy development, planning & management


Catalytic role in building a network of institutions, agencies and experts in joint ventures and networks as agents of change.

Guiding principles:

Strengthen country leadership, ownership, partnership and implementation through national education sector-wide development programme


Categories of NESIS Network membership

Members of WGES Steering Committee


Pilot countries


Test countries


Participating countries


Non participating countries




Cap Verde














Sierra Leone

C. A. R





Côte d'Ivoire


Equatorial Guinea




Sao Tome et Principe


Dem. Rep.

of Congo















South Africa


Countries’ involvement



types of strategic alliances of joint ventures
Types of Strategic Alliances of joint ventures


  • Resource sharing/-upstream
  • Benefit sharing / downstream
  • Complementary

Different capabilities of partners

Partner 1


Partner 2



«model for development co-operation »

Sharing resources & tasks for NESIS-EFA mobilisation

Sweden, Netherlands:Advisors, secretariat & projects

UNESCO Harare & Dakar:Administrative services

UIS:WGES &NESIS Coordinators

France:Sub. Coordinator & furnishing for Dakar office

Zimbabwe:Regional Centre building & national experts

Pilot countries:Senior policy advisors, teams & facilities

UNICEF, UK/DFID:Reg. Advisors & finance EFA & projects

USAID:African expert posts for sub-regional offices

Norway, Ireland, Japan, World Bank & Rockefeller Foundation: finance capacity-building activities


NESIS members

Setting capacity-building priorities

Front L-R: Jawara Gaye – Gambia, Alpha Barry – Guinea, M. Mokubung - Botswana

medium term development visions and goals
Medium Term Development Visions and Goals
  • New priorities – policy demand driven
  • Policy focus – EFA, SWAP, MDG, Poverty Reduction programmes, HIV/AIDS
  • Technical focus – user training programmes for policymakers and managers
  • Networks for capacity building – experts, resources, knowledge, etc.
  • Relation with partners – strengthen voluntary collaboration
  • Further regional anchoring – Institutionalisation and regional based experts

Process Overview: from pilot to scale

  • Country level
  • Diagnosis: needs & feasibility
  • Policy anchor national action plan
  • Pilot projects & national products
  • Full scale national implementation
  • Regional level
  • Peer review for generalization & quality assurance
  • Generic modules with tools
  • Test application thru mutual tech. assistance
  • Dissemination & applications

Technical meeting for peer

review of core data modules

Tegegn Nuresu Wako and NESIS members

from Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Overview: Report of activities

  • Capacity building activities since decentralisation:
  • 15 technical meetings & training workshops,
  • over 500 participants from 47 countries.
  • annual meetings of the NESIS regional network
  • EFA indicators and national assessments
  • project design and management
  • use of demog. census & household survey
  • IS on books and education materials
  • IS on non-formal education
  • integrated data collection and processing system
  • how to communicate education statistics

NESIS capacity building projects in 2001-2002

  • Use of demog. census & household surveys *
  • Information Systems on non-formal education*
  • Indicators and statistical analysis*
  • Statistical data collection and processing*
  • School mapping*
  • Information on books and education materials
  • Publication, info. & communication (incl. Web publ.)
  • Training: statistics for education journalists
  • Capacity building for EFA monitoring
countries priority agenda for 2002 2004
Countries’ priority agenda for 2002-2004
  • School mapping and Geographic Information Systems
  • Internet Web publication of statistics and indicators
  • Education Management Information Systems
  • Integrated database for monitoring all EFA target groups
    • Indicators and statistical data analysis
    • Early childhood care and development statistics
    • Non-formal education (literacy, youth, and adult education programme)
    • Education finance and expenditure statistics
    • Relating education data with social and economic data

From diagnosis to action plan

Records management

Annual school survey design

Database development

Education indicators -> EFA2000 Assessment template

Education finance & expenditure

Data collection and processing - an integrated approach

How to communicate education statistics

Publishing on the Internet Web

Communicating in CyberSpace

Modules developed


Tools developed

National Reports (pilot project reports and tools)

Application software

Technical reference manuals

Training and learning manuals and tools

Database on experts and information systems in countries

Brochures and posters

NESIS Web-site


Products of application to EFA

  • Regional Conference on EFA
  • EFA Framework of Action
  • 47 national assessments, all except Somalia (no govt)
  • Regional synthesis report
  • Database: sub-national data on EFA indicators
m e strategic resource allocation to the specific targets groups
M&E strategic resource allocation to the specific targets groups
  • Clear policy directives to change
  • Rules, regulations, laws, procedure
  • Administrative organization
  • Manpower, skills, task management
  • Material, facilities and logistical support
  • Financial allocation for development
  • Regular budget support for operations
  • M&E system
education data sources examples of regular surveys
Education Data Sources Examples of regular surveys
  • Annual school statistical surveys + “special needs” insert (eg. Zambia MOE Dept. Special Needs with district health clinic)
  • Population and household census (literacy and highest education attained)
  • Labour Force Surveys (education and training)
  • Living Standard Surveys (education and training)
  • DHS+Education module (3 African countries)
  • Special surveys: eg. Rehabilitation of demobilised soldiers in post-conflict countries (NB: ad hoc and non-standardised)
d evelop capacity for efa mid decade assessment now
Develop capacity for EFA Mid-Decade Assessment now!
  • Lack capacity in EFA monitoring indicators and assessment analysis of goals attainment.
  • 2-4 years to revise poorly designed or to develop new national statistical systems
  • Need analytical capacity: concepts and analytical models, skills, tools.
    • EFA national coordinators and statisticians
    • UNESCO programme specialists in the field offices
  • Need regional and sub-regional CB partnerships
efa technical support to countries in the region
EFA technical support to countries in the region

UNESCO AP Regional Bureau for Education

  • Ministries and national organizations / stakeholder groups
  • national EFA sector review, plan formulation and implementation.
  • Regional, Sub-Regional, Country WG of EFA Supporting technical and funding agencies
  • UIS EFA Observatory, EFA Monitoring Group and High Level Group.
  • Regional/ Sub-Regional EFA coordinators and statisticians
  • Technical support to EFA Monitoring and Assessment
basic strategy
Basic Strategy
  • Build a capacity building network
  • Conduct needs and feasibility studies of target countries
  • develop application framework and tools
  • apply them for training of trainers and task mangers
  • who in turn will lead and participate in the pilot projects to gain experience and real-life knowledge and skills,
  • at the same time, developing the capacity of the pilot countries
capacity building network
Capacity building network
  • Regional office: UIS Regional Advisor, UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional, with the PSA, APPEAL, APEID, ICT units.
  • Field offices: education specialists and national EFA team to be trained as task managers, enhance regional synergy, cohesion, synchronization and optimal use of available human resources and structures
  • UNESCO HQ and Institutes:EFA and ED re EFA M&E; UIS, re EFA observatory and regional workshops; Hamburg Institute
  • UNESCO Inter-Regional: NESIS-Africa Regional Centre at UNESCO Harare and NESIS Sub-Regional Office at UNESCO Dakar: joint and coordinated activities, resource sharing for synergy, cost-effectiveness and mutual support
nesis coordination support services
NESIS coordination & support services
  • Management of regional centre, sub-regional nodes & organise network of specialists and institutions
  • Technical modules for systems dev. with regional based experts
  • Capacity building programs with regional institutions
  • TA to nat’l implementation with agencies
  • Application for priority issues (e.g.. EFA, MDG and HIV/AIDS)
  • Joint activities with other organizations & WGs
  • Internet/Web for MOE’s & Publications, info. services, clearing house & exchange forum.
mobilising regional networks for efa 2005 assessment
Mobilising regional networksfor EFA 2005 assessment
  • Organizing Regional Technical Support Programme &
  • Mid-decade conference
  • Building capacity of country teams:
  • guidelines, tools, training, TA
  • Tech. support to national & regional
  • assessment process & reports
modules for systems and human resources development
Modules for systems and human resources development

Type of output

Technical modules for systems development

Training module for human resources development

Appli-cation tools

System software, tools, manuals & good practice guidelines

Teaching-learning materials & guidelines for course-management

Experienced specialists, improved products, services, case studies and examples

Trainers, courses, programs, institutions, qualified graduates



technical assistance modules and training

Available NESIS technical modules

Technical assistance, modules, and training

From diagnosis to action plan

School records management

Annual school statistical survey

Database development and management

Indicators for monitoring primary school education (EFA2000 indicators)

Ed. finance: concepts & taxonomy (problem: English translation)

Publishing on Web; Communication in Cyberspace

module development initiated
Module development initiated
  • Core data module - data collection, processing and analysis (see NESIS & SISED versions)
  • Training in ed. statistics for ed. journalists
  • Use of population census and household survey: why are children not in school?
  • Publications & info. services, Internet publication
  • NFE information systems and ed. Statistics
  • Financial stats: school revenue & expenditure
  • Statistics on textbooks and learning materials
  • Teachers and personnel information system
  • Tools for Analysis of EFA Goals, Targets and Target Groups
looking into the future efa planning guide cd rom
Looking into the future EFA Planning Guide (CD ROM)
  • Fundamentals of education planning
  • Planning for EFA
  • EFA Planning for Formal Basic Education (Target Group 2)
    • Adults below literacy level (target group 4)
  • EFA Planning for
    • ECCD & pre-school (target group 1)
    • Out-of-School children and youth (target group 3)
  • Cost and financing considerations
  • Analysis and Projection data for EFA Planning
g uiding principles
Guiding principles:
  • Country leadership - national advisory council
  • Country ownership - national technical teams,
  • Policy-relevancy - diagnosis & national action plan
  • Capacity development - cross-border Technical Workging Groups
  • knowledge & skills development - joint projects
  • going to scale - embed in nat’l ed. development
  • partnership: nat’l institutions and partner agencies

Process Overview: from pilot to scale

  • Country level
  • Diagnosis: needs & feasibility
  • Policy anchor national action plan
  • Pilot projects & national products
  • Full scale national implementation
  • Regional level
  • Peer review for generalization & quality assurance
  • Generic modules with tools
  • Test application thru mutual tech. assistance
  • Dissemination & applications

Technical meeting for peer

review of core data modules

Tegegn Nuresu Wako and NESIS members

from Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe

participant expectations
Participant Expectations

Planning (strategies and tools)

  • Strategies to achieve EFA objectives using Info systems for planning and monitoring
  • EFA planning and monitoring
  • Decentralized EFA planning, monitoring, and assessment
  • Localization of National EFA plans
  • Policy analytical tools
  • Planning tools

Data Collection and Database Design

  • Education planning and management information
  • Systems design
  • Budgeting systems
  • Quality assurance

Participant Expectations continued…

Indicators and Data Analysis

  • Educational statistical info systems development
  • Theory and methods of Ed. Statistics
  • Survey design and data collection
  • Measuring EFA results
  • Data analysis and planning
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (progress, output, outcome, and impact monitoring)
  • Economic analysis
  • Analysis and interpretation of data
  • Learning assessment tools
preparation and capacity building for efa mid decade assessment
Preparation and Capacity Building for EFA mid-decade assessment
  • 2003:
    • Organise EFA coordinators andstatisticians collaboration as a country team
    • Update EFA2000 guidelines and templates for 2005
    • Update, adapt, develop application and training modules
    • Design & initiate data collection in data-gap areas
  • 2004:
    • Development of disparity analysis modules
    • Training package for emergency and crisis countries
    • NESIS capacity building projects and workshops
    • Apply EFA Planning Guidebook and Analytical tools
  • 2005:
    • Production workshop in EFAPM and analytical tools
    • Stakeholders & policy anchoring
    • National and regional assessment review